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Poster: Mister Green Date: Jun 13, 2009 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie night! Truckin Up To Buffalo

Hi All
This is my first post here, but I've been enjoying the archive for quite a while, and more recently, been reading the GD forum with much interest (and often with much amusement). First off, big heartfelt thanks to all the tapers who have made this site what it is. I can say unequivocally that discovering the archive has been life-changing, and I am forever grateful for your dedication. Thank you.

The fourth of July show in '89 was my first show ever, and it, too, changed my life. I was only 17, and made a road trip from Toronto over the border and down to Orchard Park with a couple of highschool buddies, one of whom is now deceased. As you can imagine, the parking lot in all its glorious mayhem was quite the mind-blowing scene for a 17-year-old. I remember thinking "I can't believe people live this way". And the show...well...what can I say that hasn't already been said? I count my lucky stars that I can now relive those precious memories over and over again thanks to the DVD. I teach at a National University in Taiwan, and I have used this DVD to introduce the Grateful Dead to hundreds of Taiwanese university students.The majority of them had not even been born when their teacher was boppin'to the opening strains of Bertha. I like to show "Deal" on the projector so that Jerry looms over the class, twelve feet tall, that smile beaming down and just killing it.

As for people bashing on touch-heads, I guess I must be one, but I don't take it personally. I mean, the music calls to some people, and you're born when you're born, right? While I do wish I had started going on tour when I was three, it just didn't work out that way. Incidentally, the song that got me into Dead was Easy Wind off Workingman's when a friend handed me his walkman earbuds before class one day and said "You have to hear this". I've never looked back.

Nice to meet you all.


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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 14, 2009 5:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie night! Truckin Up To Buffalo

Hey Mr G--in spite of my other posts about him, I always liked Operator, and EWind...but, I find it shocking that someone would pull the "listen to this!" move with that tune...

Amazing--just thinking I would pick UJB or DireW or whatever, CJones as a kid listening to Work.


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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 14, 2009 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie night! Truckin Up To Buffalo

It's funny, when I first got Workingman's (my 1st Dead LP), the tune that really jumped out at me, hooking me forever and putting me squarely on the bus, was Cumberland Blues....

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Jun 13, 2009 3:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Welcome Mr. Green

I'm not by any stretch one of the elders of the board....not even close..., but since your first post was a reply to mine, welcome to the forum! Incidentally, I always loved the studio Easy Wind - for me, that tune - and Alligator - are my favorite vocal performances from Pig.

Good to hear that you're, well, a missionary of sorts in Taiwan with all the GD exposure you're bringing! Incidentally, my wife's Taiwanese (albeit US-born). How fortunate you were to be at the Buffalo show - it's awesome to see Jerry shred on Deal. It's funny... in the numbers before that it seems like he barely is trying, real mellow & happy, but way relaxed, and then he just turns it on full force on Deal. Great stuff! Again, welcome.

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Poster: Mister Green Date: Jun 14, 2009 5:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Welcome Mr. Green

Thanks for the kind welcome. And congratulations on finding a Taiwanese woman to settle down with. As we've both obviously figured out, women from this little island makes some damn fine wives. It's the main reason a lot of us decide to stay here as long as we do.

Funny choice of words, using "missionary". I've certainly never thought of myself as one (preferring to leave the heavy lifting in that department to the Mormons, who are here in numbers). I guess it's appropriate, though, in a sense, as I do take great pleasure in turning on a generation of young Taiwanese to GD and Jerry. Even the ones who may not find the music to be their cup of tea cannot help but be impressed by his virtuosity. I also turn them on to old blues like Skip James, Son House, Bukka White, Little Walter, Brownie & McGee etc. using the American Folk Blues DVDs. Opportunities to share what I consider treasures of art and culture like this are among the best perks of being a teacher.

Nice to meet you and the others on here.